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Australia The Lucky Country For Home Solar Power

There’s been some buzz about Tesla slashing the prices of its home solar offerings in the USA. The reduction still makes going solar in Australia look like an absolute bargain. Electrek reported last week Tesla has reduced pricing of its solar installations as it attempts to ramp up its energy division…

… it looks like the price cuts could be even greater than 20% on a per watt basis.

Electrek’s Fred Lambert

French hydrogen mobility project passes major milestone

One of the most ambitious zero-carbon hydrogen mobility projects in Europe, the Zero Emission Valley (ZEM) in south-eastern France, took a major step forward on 18 June with the award of equipment contracts. ZEM was initiated by the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Regional council with the aim of accelerating the large-scale deployment of green hydrogen…


Your Home Battery Can Be Part Of A Virtual Power Plant In California

Sunrun pulls in customers with a catchy truth about the unpredictability of life, and electricity. To be sure that your house stays alive with power, even if the grid goes down, Sunrun’s rechargeable solar battery systems are one solution. They can make sure your home’s power stays stable and reliable, which we mostly take for granted but…

California is leading the way to 100% clean energy for all. We’re excited to work with SCE to bring the benefits of Brightbox rechargeable solar batteries to more Californians through this innovative partnership.

Lynn Jurich, Sunrun cofounder and CEO

Solar panels, smart tech and rainwater recycling: College and school buildings are going green

The U.K. is home to some of the world’s oldest — and most prestigious — universities. And while these may be centers of excellence for learning, many institutions’ buildings were built centuries ago and are in need of refurbishment or, in some instances, total replacement. It’s a problem that’s not restricted to higher education. Across the country, a lot of…


Dow Signs 15-year PPA with First Solar

First Solar, Inc. announced that it had signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Dow, Inc. for its Gulf Coast operations. Dow’s Texas Operations is the largest petrochemical site in the western hemisphere. First Solar had previously disclosed the execution of the PPA without identifying the off-taker…

Multiple raw materials, components, and derivative products produced by Dow contribute to the reliability and sustainability of First Solar’s module technology, including ENGAGE PV polyolefin elastomers. Now we are putting that technology to work in helping to power our operations in Texas and to reach Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goal of obtaining 750 megawatts of our power demand from renewable sources.

Edward Stones, Dow’s global business director for Energy and Climate Change

Lyft pledges 100 percent electric vehicles by 2030

Lyft is hailing a ride to an all-electric future. The rideshare company announced Wednesday that it is committing to have 100 percent electric vehicles on its platform by 2030, a move that seeks to get out ahead of new emissions regulations under development in California…


Air-Powered Energy Storage Knocks Out Coal & Gas — Wait, What?

In yet another sign that the COVID-19 recovery will be a green one, the firm Highview Power is rolling full steam ahead with plans for a fleet of air-powered energy storage systems in the UK. Once online, the new batteries will help shepherd more clean power into the grid, improve reliability, and guard against power loss in case of blackouts…

Grid operators are turning to long-duration energy storage to improve power generation economics, balance the grid, and increase reliability. At giga-scale, CRYOBatteries paired with renewables are equivalent in performance to – and could replace – thermal and nuclear baseload power in addition to supporting electricity transmission and distribution systems while providing additional security of supply.

Highview

To Boost Renewable Energy, Australia Looks to Water and Gravity

Fires aided by climate change wrecked havoc last year across Australia. Now there’s a chance that water could help save the country from an even worse fate—and not just as a way to extinguish future blazes. An Australian utility has drawn up plans that would marry the country’s renewable energy power with a decades-old trick of hydro-engineering…


African solar ambition scales up

May was a big month for solar power announcements in Africa and Chinese investment in African renewables has increased despite continuing focus on coal, writes energy finance analyst Simon Nicholas from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)…


New report calls for ‘niche market’ to develop marine renewables

The call is backed by a coalition of organisations and individuals who attended a conference held at the university in 2019 to discuss how marine renewable technologies could help power offshore oil and gas activities. The conference brought together academics in energy policy and economics with industry figures. Presentations focused on existing…


Could developing renewable energy micro-grids make Energicity Africa’s utility of the future?

When Nicole Poindexter left the energy efficiency-focused startup, Opower a few months after the company’s public offering, she wasn’t sure what would come next. At the time, in 2014, the renewable energy movement in the US still faced considerable opposition. But what Poindexter did see was an opportunity to bring the benefits of renewable…


Macrogrids Or Microgrids: Which Is The Key To The Renewable Energy Revolution?

There is a lot of discussion about whether macrogrids or microgrids will be the key to the renewable energy revolution. Some argue we need a vast array of high voltage transmission lines to carry electricity from solar farms on a sunny afternoon in Arizona to meet the needs of New Yorkers coming home after dark following a long day at…


Redavia offers free PV power to African companies

German solar energy developer Redavia has signed four new Covid-19 resilience leases in Ghana and Kenya that allows for the delivery of free electricity for up to six months to help deal with the pandemic. The company said that Covid-19 has thrown many African companies off track and so in this challenging time it is offering economically healthy…

The ‘Covid resilience lease’ program is already a great success and we are very keen to further expand the program. We invite other companies to take part.

Redavia chief executive and founder Erwin Spolders

Japan’s ‘super cities’ — what they could mean for business

Late last month, Japan’s parliament, the Diet, passed an updated bill that is set to pave the way for the building of “super cities” throughout the country. The so-called super cities bill, sometimes referred to as smart cities elsewhere, aims to accelerate change in regulations of various governmental ministries and industrial sectors…


Fluence Announces 6th Generation Energy Storage Technology

If you want an indication of where the energy storage market is heading, a recent announcement by Fluence is it. The company says it has commitments from companies like Enel, LS Power, sPower, and Siemens to install 800 megawatts/2300 megawatt-hours of battery storage using its 6th generation technology in Asia Pacific, North America…

Cost-competitive technologies, aggressive emissions targets, and increased need for grid reliability and resilience are driving global utility and C&I demand for energy storage, which BloombergNEF predicts will attract more than $560 billion in investment by 2040.

Fluence CEO Manuel Perez Dubuc

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